Saturday, 31 December 2011

High expectations...

I started off with such high hopes as a parent, always speaking in a singsong voice, trying not to raise my voice and reading books about developing children (in the evening when I could and possibly should have been watching trash TV and unwinding)

When did it change to survival, letting them use the wii or TV for a little more than I should on occasion just to have five minutes peace?

Even if all I do is usually just try to wrestle the house into some kind of order (I know some experts say you should leave the housework and spend quality time with your children but surely eventually it would be hazardous to health and we would all be lying maimed on the floor somewhere having tripped and fallen on an array of toys!)

I must admit though I have a mental checklist in my head and tick it off throughout the day, did some arts and crafts, got some fresh air, played a board game, tried to get some fruit down them…

But the guilt I feel as a parent for not continuously coming up with new and engaging ideas for play and development is INTENSE!  Who would have thought being a parent is just one giant guilt trip?

Should I just accept I shall never be perfect, I will just be me and hope that is enough…

1 comment:

  1. Hi Karen,
    I laughed all through reading your 'high expectations' as they were mine too, who would have thought that guilt would be the hardest part of being a parent?
    No TV for under 2s, total fail on my behalf!
    Anyway, looks to me like you are doing a great job :)